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Queen's University is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Kingston, Canada.

Queen's University is interesting for all fields.

Acclaimed subjects

Psychology, Philosophy, Film, Poetry, and Musical Theatre. Students interested in learning French may be particularly interested.

Number of places available

8 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall semester: Early September – Late December
Spring semester: Early January – Late April (Known as ‘Winter Term’) 

Language of instruction

English

Application deadlines

Fall Semester: April 30th
Spring Semester: September 30th

Course offerings

Courses for the 2018-19 academic year may be found on individual departmental websites. Students may also wish to consult the Faculty of Arts and Science Course Calendar, which lists all courses offered in the last five years. Students are advised to consult the departmental websites and the IPO website for the most current course information. Arts and Science courses are open to exchange students provided that they have the appropriate prerequisite courses. Please note that availability may be limited in some departments. Students may have the option to take courses from another Faculty; however, the majority of courses must be in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students are not permitted to enrol in courses offered by the Faculty of Law.

Course levels

The system is comparable to UCU: Queen’s has 100 to 500 levels. (400-levels are like 300-levels at UC, intended for Seniors; 500-levels are graduate courses that might sometimes be open to Seniors.) The first digit of the course code indicates the level.

Most current course information can be found here.

Credit system

You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Grade system

Grades at Queen’s are given on a percentage scale, which converts to UC-grades as shown.
Sometimes, grades will also be given on the familiar A-F scale.

Grade Basic grade point Percentage
A+ 4.3  
A 4.0 85 - 100
A- 3.7 80 - 84.9
B+ 3.3 77 - 79.9
B 3.0 73 - 76.9
B- 2.7 70 - 72.9
C+ 2.3 67 - 69.9
C 2.0 63 - 66.9
C- 1.7 60 - 62.9
D+ 1.3 57 - 59.9
D 1.0 53 - 56.9
D- 0.7 50 - 52.9
F 0.0 0 - 49.9
Housing

On campus (residence)

Many exchange students mention that they enjoy the convenience of staying in residence. Find more information about Queen’s residences. Please note, all residence allocations are made through a lottery system and housing in residence cannot be guaranteed.

Residence Application & Deposit Deadlines

Fall Term: Applications open March 1st, Deadline is July 1st, 2018.

Winter Term: Applications open October 1st. Note: Winter rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Off-campus

The majority of upper-year Queen’s students live off-campus, and many exchange students also choose this housing option. Sometimes exchange students are able to find accommodation in a house with other Queen’s students who need an additional housemate. Finding appropriate living arrangements in Kingston can be a challenge – especially in the Fall term. It is recommended that exchange students who choose to live off-campus should come to Kingston at least one week in advance to find adequate accommodation.

One of the best off-campus housing option for exchange students is the Kingston Student Housing Co-operative (aka Science ’44 Co-op).

Queen’s Housing Databases

It is recommended that students do not sign a lease or send rent money to a landlord before arriving in Kingston. For advice on finding accommodation, please visit the International Housing Office website. This map may help to determine the proximity of these properties to Queen’s campus.

Costs
  • On campus housing: About CAD 3,887 per term (€2,544)
  • Meal plans: range between $835 – $4,040 (€547 – €2,644, more information)
  • Mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): $204 per term (€137)
  • Off campus housing: approximately $2,250 – 3,200 per term (€1,521 – €2,094)

Personal costs will vary.

Orientation

The International Programs Office (IPO) offers an academic orientation session at the start of each term for incoming Arts and Science exchange students. The session provides information about academic programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science, course registration, the academic culture at Queen’s, contacting professors, and the role of teaching assistants. 

The Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) runs an orientation session that covers students’ rights and responsibilities, opportunities to make the most of their time at Queen’s, the numerous student services available to make their sojourn successful, as well as travelling in Canada and the United States. Information about the QUIC orientation program is available online.

The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), the student government representing Arts and Science students at Queen’s, runs the Exchange Buddies Program, which groups incoming exchange students with upper-year Arts and Science students. Incoming exchange students will receive an invitation to join the ASUS Exchange Buddies program once they have confirmed their acceptance to attend Queen’s.

Student experiences

So far, students had a great time at Queen’s! The education is of a good level and teachers make sure to have very interactive lectures. Experiences with both off-campus and on-campus housing are good. Check for example: http://kingston.kijiji.ca/ and http://kingston.en.craigslist.ca/. QUIC is a very good help for all non-academic matters: finding housing, getting a health-insurance, etcetera. They also organise some social activities. Kingston itself is a friendly and historical town with many bars and clubs, but the campus itself also has things to do for your time off, e.g. excellent sport facilities. Students have mentioned that it can be quite challenging to get into the courses you want however. 

Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre supports the personal, academic, and social development of students at Queen’s University by providing a range of programs and services appropriate to their needs.

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.